B. I. News on the 'Net, April 24-30, 2017

Christian Church Bulletin

April 30, 2017

Wet and Windy, Nasty Day

April 30, 2017

Cold, rainy, wet, windy, and lots of yucky at Gull Harbor

View short video clip below:


Eagle Attacks Duck

On the far side of the harbor near the log cabins, an eagle began chasing a duck, and dove down to try to catch it. The duck dove down and the eagle missed, even after a few tries.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

April 30, 2017

Father John Paul came over to the island and provided the service today at Holy Cross Church today at 9:30 a.m. Deacon Jim Siler was off the island on a pilgrimage. The lector today was Jacque LaFreniere.

Lector Jacque LaFreniere.............Father John Paul read the gospect and gave the sermon

View video of the service HERE

Video Report

for http://beaverisland.tv and News on the 'Net

Interested in which video clips were viewed most frequently, the editor did some checking on the actual number of views and the bandwidth used. The most viewed video clip for the month was the trip made by the Shamrock and Petroqueen as their first run of the year. The total number of views for April was 1113 using 7.9 GB or bandwidth. The next most viewed video clip was the BIROBOT qualifying competition at 888 views and 5.4 GB of bandwidth. The video in third place was the clip with 838 views and using 9.6 GB of bandwidth, titled "Ospreys and Sandhills."

There were many with over 700 views. They were Dicks Gift, Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Hunt, Procession Before Mass, Miller's Marsh and Iron Ore, Waterfalls and Run-off, Eagle Here-Eagle There, Eagle Feasting on the Ice, and many more including the First Boat of the Season.

The total of unique IP addresses viewing in the month of April was 408, with 2307 video clip views, using 185.3 GB of bandwidth. This included fifty views of live streamed video, mainly Mass from Holy Cross, with thrity-one individuals able to participate in the services online.

The totals for the first four months of 2017 were unique IP addresses, 1466; total clips viewed, 11,564; and bandwidth of 504.8 GB. The most popular clip of the year was the Conflict Resolution video with 2071 views and bandwidth of 11.1 GB. The second most popular so far this year was Eagles Feasting on the Ice with 1945 views and bandwidth of 11.4 GB.

Beaver Island Newss on the 'Net is continuing to do the Mass from Holy Cross live every Sunday. There will be many other live streamed events coming up in the month of May. The viewing of the video continues to escalate in numbers, and make information available as soon as it is received or recorded.

I Miss the Lists

by Cindy Ricksgers

Young Islanders in D.C.


In the past couple of months, several students who have gone on past D.C. trips have told me that they wish they could go back and do it again. To walk there, see things, BE.

Sometimes we want to relive a special experience.

As I think through the trip I planned and that is now finished, there are some things I would have done differently. I could have planned some different preparatory work; I could have formulated some guidelines differently.

Sometimes we want a do-over.

While I hopped over Lake Michigan to the island I began to let down. I didn't feel pent up (though I knew that I was), but all of that ~blue~ and clean, clear expanse -- my tiredness really set in as I came home.

Home is the Orient.

Tonight, all of the students can rest in their own beds with their special configurations of blankets and pillows which smell like them. They can walk room to room, passing familiar knick-knacks and photos. They return to their pets and their snack foods and their doors. They have their families.

Everything just as it was that teeny week before. Except them. (Sounds dramatic, don't it?) They're a bit different. Bet on it.

They've been somewhere.
They've seen something.
They've done something. Something unique to each of them, individually, and something to which and from which they will return for years to come. Bet.

View the pictures and the entire experience on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Young-Islanders-In-DC-1871401259801483/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 30, 2017

The sky has been drooling, the temperature is 40°, windchill is 31°, wind is at 17 mph from the east with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 79%, pressure is steady at 30.13, and visibility is 8.7 miles. This is NOT a really good swimming day. Today: periods of rain showers. Patchy fog in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 40s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Patchy fog in the evening. Periods of rain showers in the evening then periods of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 40 mph. MARINE REPORT Small Crafter Advisory In Effect Through This Evening Today: East wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of rain early in the morning, then periods of showers n the morning. Patchy fog in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the morning. Tonight: East wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Periods of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of April 30, 1900 - Casey Jones was killed while trying to save the runaway train "Cannonball Express." From Wikipedia:

"they departed Memphis on the fatal run at 12:50 a.m., 75 minutes behind schedule, due to the late arrival of number 1. A fast engine, a good fireman (Simeon T. Webb would be the train's assigned fireman), and a light train (they had six cars) were ideal for a record-setting run. Although it was raining, steam trains of that era operated best in damp conditions. The weather was quite foggy that night, reducing visibility, and the run was well known for its tricky curves.

In the first section of the run, Jones drove from Memphis 100 miles (160 km) south to Grenada, Mississippi, with an intermediate water stop at Sardis, Mississippi (50 miles (80 km) into the run), over a new section of light and shaky rails at speeds up to 80 miles per hour (130 km/h). At Senatobia, Mississippi (40 miles (64 km) into the run), Jones passed through the scene of a prior fatal accident that occurred the previous November. Jones made his water stop at Sardis, and arrived at Grenada for more water, having made up 55 minutes of the 75-minute delay.

Jones made up another 15 minutes in the 25-mile (40 km) stretch from Grenada to Winona, Mississippi. The following 30-mile (48 km) stretch (Winona to Durant, Mississippi) had no speed-restricted curves. By the time he got to Durant (155 miles (249 km) into the run), Jones was almost on time. He was quite happy, saying at one point, "Sim, the old girl's got her dancing slippers on tonight!" as he leaned on the Johnson bar.

At Durant, he received new orders to take to the siding at Goodman, Mississippi (eight miles (13 km) south of Durant, and 163 miles (262 km) into the run), wait for the No. 2 passenger train to pass, and then continue on to Vaughan. His orders also instructed him to meet passenger train No. 26 at Vaughan (15 miles (24 km) south of Goodman, and 178 miles (286 km) into the run). He was told that No. 26 was a local passenger train in two sections and would be in the siding, so he would have priority over it. Jones pulled out of Goodman, only five minutes behind schedule. With 25 miles (40 km) of fast track ahead, Jones likely felt that he had a good chance to make it to Canton by 4:05 am "on the advertised".

Unknown to Casey, three separate trains were in the station at Vaughan: double-header freight train No. 83 (located to the north and headed south, which had been delayed due to having two drawbars pulled while at Vaughan), and long freight train No. 72 (located to the south and headed north) were both in the passing track to the east of the main line. As the combined length of the trains was ten cars longer than the length of the east passing track, some of the cars were stopped on the main line. The two sections of northbound local passenger train No. 26 had arrived from Canton earlier, and required a "saw by" for them to get to the "house track" west of the main line. The "saw by" maneuver required that No. 83 back up (onto the main line) to allow No. 72 to move northward and pull its overlapping cars off the main line and onto the east side track from the south switch, thus allowing the two sections of No. 26 to gain access to the west house track. The "saw by", however, left the rear cars of No. 83 overlapping above the north switch and on the main line – right in Jones' path. As workers prepared a second "saw by" to let Jones pass, an air hose broke on No. 72, locking its brakes and leaving the last four cars of No. 83 on the main line.

Meanwhile, Jones was almost back on schedule, running at about 75 miles per hour (121 km/h) toward Vaughan, and traveling through a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) left-hand curve that blocked his view. Webb's view from the left side of the train was better, and he was first to see the red lights of the caboose on the main line. "Oh my Lord, there's something on the main line!" he yelled to Jones. Jones quickly yelled back "Jump Sim, jump!" to Webb, who crouched down and jumped from the train, about 300 feet (91 m) before impact, and knocked unconscious by his fall. The last thing Webb heard as he jumped was the long, piercing scream of the whistle as Jones warned anyone still in the freight train looming ahead. He was only two minutes behind schedule.

Jones reversed the throttle and slammed the airbrakes into emergency stop, but "Ole 382" quickly plowed through a wooden caboose, a car load of hay, another of corn, and halfway through a car of timber before leaving the track. He had reduced his speed from about 75 miles per hour (121 km/h) to about 35 miles per hour (56 km/h) when he hit. Because Jones stayed on board to slow the train, he was believed to have saved the passengers from serious injury and death. (Jones was the only fatality of the collision). His watch stopped at the time of impact: 3:52 am on April 30, 1900. Popular legend holds that when his body was pulled from the wreckage, his hands still clutched the whistle cord and brake. A stretcher was brought from the baggage car on No. 1, and crewmen of the other trains carried his body to the depot, a half-mile (0.80 km) away.

Did you know that after you've eaten, it takes approximately 12 hours for food to entirely digest?

Word of the day: pierian (py-EER-ee-uhn) which means relating to learning or poetry. After Pieria, a region in Greece. In Greek mythology, Pieria was home to a spring that was sacred to the Muses and inspired anyone who drank from it. Earliest documented use: 1591

More Nature Pictures

Last Saturday in April 2017

Crossing Sloptown........Milller's Marsh

Ducklings at Barney's Lake

Heron at Barney's Lake

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Fake Phone Call from Boyne City


When the cellphoe rang last night, I was outside with the dogs. The number came up as from "Boyne City" and, since I know a few people from there, I answered it. The caller said that I had called him, which, of course, I knew was completely false. I've read about these scams where you are called and they record your voice to use it for theft from the banks and credit card companies. Anyway, I hung up on this person on the other end. Unfortunately, I did not remember what I had said to them. I can only hope that I didn't say something that they can get into voice recognition software, manipulate, and then use it to steal something from someone.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 29, 2017

Clear skies this morning, 34°, feels like 29°, wind is at 7 mph from the NW with gusts to 22 mph, humidity is at 77%, pressure is rising from 30.05 inches, and visibility is 9.1 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain in the evening then rain likely after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. MARINE REPORT Today: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots early inthe morning. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of rain. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of April 29, 1862 - New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War. From History:

"Union troops officially take possession of New Orleans, completing the occupation that had begun four days earlier.

The capture of this vital southern city was a huge blow to the Confederacy. Southern military strategists planned for a Union attack down the Mississippi, not from the Gulf of Mexico. In early 1862, the Confederates concentrated their forces in northern Mississippi and western Tennessee to stave off the Yankee invasion. Many of these troops fought at Shiloh in Tennessee on April 6 and 7. Eight Rebel gunboats were dispatched up the great river to stop a Union flotilla above Memphis, leaving only 3,000 militia, two uncompleted ironclads, and a few steamboats to defend New Orleans. The most imposing obstacles for the Union were two forts, Jackson and St. Phillip. In the middle of the night of April 24, Admiral David Farragut led a fleet of 24 gunboats, 19 mortar boats, and 15,000 soldiers in a daring run past the forts.

Now, the river was open to New Orleans except for the ragtag Confederate fleet. The mighty Union armada plowed right through, sinking eight ships. At New Orleans, Confederate General Mansfield Lovell surveyed his tiny force and realized that resistance was futile. If he resisted, Lovell told Mayor John Monroe, Farragut would bombard the city and inflict severe damage and casualties. Lovell pulled his troops out of New Orleans and the Yankees began arriving on April 25. The troops could not land until Forts Jackson and St. Phillip were secured. They surrendered on April 29, and now New Orleans had no protection. Crowds cursed the Yankees as all Confederate flags in the city were lowered and stars and stripes were raised in their place.

The Confederacy lost a major city, and the lower Mississippi soon became a Union highway for 400 miles to Vicksburg, Mississippi."

Did you know that Albert Einstein never knew how to drive a car? He's in good company, a few other famous folks who never got a driver's license were Ray Bradbury, Studs Terkel, Mae West, and Woodrow Wilson.

Word of the day: lionhearted (LAHY-uh n-hahr-tid) which means exceptionally courageous or brave. We associate lionhearted and its shorter brother lionheart with King Richard I of England (1157-99). It is unknown whether King Richard could speak English (we know that he spoke French and Occitan, also called Provençal), but Richard’s nickname was not English; it was the French phrase Coeur de Lion. Lionhearted entered English in the 18th century; lionheart, the English translation of Coeur de Lion, was coined by Alfred Lord Tennyson in 1832.

BICS HOSA Students

(Pictures by Kathie Ehinger)

Katie, Sveta, Olya, Tessa, and Brenden

Tessa Jones got top ten in Home Health Aid Sveta Stebbins, Home Health Aid, got second place at the state. Olya Stebbins second place, Clinical Nursing, at state also. Olya and Sveta get to go to Nationals.

Beaver Island HOSA is going to Nationals in Orlando, Florida!

Congratulations to you all!

Video of awards by Kathie Ehinger 

Video of awards by Olya Stebbins

Sveta and Olya get awards; both got second in the state for their category 

HOSA Michigan winners!
Olya, Clinical Nursing
Sveta, Home Health aid

BICS Students in D. C.

by Adam Richards


Today was somber and powerful. We started with the Holocaust Museum and then walked a couple miles of Arlington National Cemetery. Both places are home to painful memories, but also those of sacrifice, valor and love.

All of this is transmitted by way of sharing memory.

Memory is a strange -- fantastic, yes, but strange too -- power. It's the lingering flavor of that perfect piece of toast; it's the familiar but elusive scent from your grandmother's house. It's the never-ending replay of what you should have said; it's the way you thought your singing sounded.

A bawdy, difficult man is recalled with some remorse when he dies young because he never changed his ways, but if it he dies old -- bawdier, more difficult still -- he's a character because he never changed his ways.

It was fun while it lasted, but further down the road it was the best, or the worst, time ever.

We've had 6 full -- FULL!, I tell you! -- days here in D.C., and the kids feel that we have simultaneously been here forever and just a little while.

They talked tonight (as long as I was asking) about what they are taking home, other than souvenirs. I acknowledged that a week won't #KaBLAM! make you somebody different, but that this week may have contributed to their abilities. I learned that some of them are better, more capable at:
* managing their money
* regulating their energy
* practicing smart sleep habits
* navigating a city
* reading how to get through a subway system
* coping with anxiety
* discussing aspects of American History
* explaining some aspects of the natural world
* not letting the attitudes of others affect their mood
* understanding their peers
* and more

23 places this week. That and 40+ miles. That and 1000+ laughs. That and 10,000+ questions. That and bottomless memory. I am interested to see, over the years, God willing, the various ways they recall this trip.

I am eager to teach these changed young people next week. To be in class with them, striving to understand tough questions. To discover why history is not long gone things, but rather, the footprints of now.

I can't wait to see how we remember the past. I have been the fortunate one, journeying along with them.


BICS Weekly Update

A Week in Pictures

Some of these pictures were taken at Gull Harbor, around the harbor called Paradise Bay, at Barney's Lake, and Miller's Marsh. They were taken throughout the week from Monday through Thursday; just four days.

View the gallery of pictures HERE

Video Clips of the Week


Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 28, 2017

Brrrr! Mostly cloudy skies, 37°, feels like 28° (yes, you read that correctly), wind is at 16 mph from the west with gusts to 27 mph, humidity is at 83%, pressure is rising from 29.66 inches, and visibility is 9.6 miles. Close your eyes for part of the weather, or at lease close one eye , so you can bear it. Today: Partly sunny. A 30% chance of rain showers and snow showers in the morning. Highs in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. West winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph shifting to the north after midnight.

MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through This Afternoon Today: West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of rain and snow showers early in the morning. Waves 3 to 5 feet. Tonight: Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of April 28, 1789 - A mutiny on the British ship Bounty took place when a rebel crew took the ship and set sail to Pitcairn Island. The mutineers left Captain W. Bligh and 18 sailors adrift. For the condensed version of the story I went to wikipedia:

"The mutiny on the Royal Navy vessel HMS Bounty occurred in the south Pacific on 28 April 1789. Led by Acting Lieutenant Fletcher Christian, disaffected crewmen seized control of the ship from their captain, Lieutenant William Bligh, and set him and 18 loyalists adrift in the ship's open launch. The mutineers variously settled on Tahiti or on Pitcairn Island. Bligh meanwhile completed a voyage of more than 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 km; 4,000 mi) in the launch to reach safety, and began the process of bringing the mutineers to justice.

Bounty had left England in 1787 on a mission to collect and transport breadfruit plants from Tahiti to the West Indies. A five-month layover in Tahiti, during which many of the men lived ashore and formed relationships with native Polynesians, proved harmful to discipline. Relations between Bligh and his crew deteriorated after he began handing out increasingly harsh punishments, criticism and abuse, Christian being a particular target. After three weeks back at sea, Christian and others forced Bligh from the ship. Twenty-five men remained on board afterwards, including loyalists held against their will and others for whom there was no room in the launch.

Bligh reached England in April 1790, whereupon the Admiralty despatched HMS Pandora to apprehend the mutineers. Fourteen were captured in Tahiti and imprisoned on board Pandora, which then searched without success for Christian's party that had hidden on Pitcairn Island. After turning back toward England, Pandora ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef, with the loss of 31 crew and 4 prisoners from Bounty. The 10 surviving detainees reached England in June 1792 and were court martialled; 4 were acquitted, 3 were pardoned, and 3 were hanged.

Christian's group remained undiscovered on Pitcairn until 1808, by which time only one mutineer, John Adams, remained alive. Almost all his fellow mutineers (including Christian), and their male Polynesian companions, had killed each other over time in varying conflicts. Only survivors were Adams and Ned Young, who had subsequently died of Asthma in 1800. No action was taken against Adams.

Descendants of the mutineers and their Tahitian consorts live on Pitcairn into the 21st century. The generally accepted view of Bligh as an overbearing monster and Christian as a tragic victim of circumstances, as depicted in well-known film accounts, has been challenged by late 20th- and 21st-century historians from whom a more sympathetic picture of Bligh, and a more critical one of Christian, has emerged."

Did you know that the earliest reference to a corkscrew is, "steel worm used for the drawing of Corks out of Bottles" from 1681. It wasn't until 1795, the first corkscrew patent was granted to the Reverend Samuell Henshall, in England. The clergyman affixed a simple disk, now known as the Henshall Button, between the worm and the shank. The disk prevents the worm from going too deep into the cork, forces the cork to turn with the turning of the crosspiece, and thus breaks the adhesion between the cork and the neck of the bottle. The disk is designed and manufactured slightly concave on the underside, which compresses the top of the cork and helps keep it from breaking apart. Oh, by the way, a person who collects corkscrews is a helixophile.

Word of the day: drupe (droop) which means any fruit, as a peach, cherry, plum, etc., consisting of an outer skin, a usually pulpy and succulent middle layer, and a hard and woody inner shell usually enclosing a single seed. Even in Latin, drūpa, druppa “olive, overripe olive” was a term used only by technical writers, e.g., Pliny the Elder (a.d. 23-79). The Latin noun, a direct borrowing from Greek drýppa, was adopted by Carl Linné (in Latin Carolus Linnaeus) 1707-78, the Swedish botanist and naturalist, in his own scientific writings, written in Latin. Drupe entered English as a technical botanical term in the 18th century.

Five BICS Students at State Health Occupations Conference

Five of the students from our small school are participating and showing excellence in their education at the State Health Occupations Students of America Conference. All five of our students placed in the top twenty on their written examination, and they will be moving on to do their clinical skills demonstration today. To place in the top twenty out of a total of over 2500 students and move on to the competition today is outright amazing.

The BICS HOSA students are in the program taught by Kathie Ehinger. The conference in in Traverse City. The BICS HOSA students are Olya Stebbins, Katie LaFreniere, Tessa Jones, Brennan Jones, and Sveta Stebbins, Way to go, Islanders!

View a small gallery of HOSA student pictures HERE

Career Tech Awards Received

We are proud of these students! They received awards at the Char-Em Career Tech Education Recognition Awards Dinner at Boyne Mountain. (left to right) Katie Lafreniere and Brennan Jones are the Top 2 Students in the BICS Health Occupations Class. Brennan and Sveta Stebbins are the Top 2 B.E.S.T. Class students (Business Education, Services & Technology). These students are learning important skills that will be valuable as they pursue their careers. Congratulations!

BIESA Regular Meeting

April 27, 2017

The BIESA today met at the Peaine Township Hall with three members present in the room.

The agenda of the meeting and minutes from the previous meeting are below.

View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Minutes and Agenda

Minutes for March meeting.........Agenda for April 27, 2017, 2 p.m. meeting

(Received on 4/21/17 at 12 p.m.)

From the BI Chamber of Commerce

The Spring issue of Grand Traverse Scene magazine is running a great three page piece about  Beaver Island. Your Chamber of Commerce supplied the photos. You can read in on line here.

http://gtscene.cnhi.newsmemory.com  and copies are available at McDonough’s Market. 

The new 2017-18 Beaver Island brochure is now in print. Thanks Frank Solle for the great design work and photography. Copies are available at the Chamber office and you can see the brochure here.


There is a lot of great new photos and other content on Friends of Beaver Island Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/beaverisland So far this week post reach is 13,000.

The 9&10 / Fox 32 TV webcam is now facing the harbor. This is a valuable Beaver Island advertising asset that airs several times every day.


Don’t miss the great Beaver Island mentions and photos on the largest independent travel media site – Matador Network. Thanks again to our Chamber of Commerce members who made this great PR / advertising possible. Their links are included in the stories.

May 20 is Community Appreciation Day – more here.


What Did You Say? 15

by Joe Moore

(Part of this story may be a little gross to some readers. Some may not only be grossed out, but may not like the ideas presented, but that's sometimes what writing is about. We don't always have to present beautiful, light hearted stories. Some are just nasty. This is nto a story that a new Basic EMT will want to read.)

As I sit here in my chair on a early evening in the winter, I start thinking about the snow that we got last night, about five inches, and the snow that is forecast for tonight after bedtime.  In the next twenty-four hours, we could get six more inches of snow.  We don’t usually get lake effect snow, so this snow from yesterday and for tonight would be from ‘clippers,’ snowstorms that sweep across the countryside and dump the moisture as snow when the temperatures are below freezing, and as rain when the temperatures go above freezing.  Rain on top of snow and then freezing temperatures spell dangerous conditions for all the population, buildings that don’t have excellent ability to support the weight of the wet snow, and older people in particular.

Read the story HERE

BICS Students in D. C.--Day 4

by Adam Richards


Today we went to the White House, the Newseum and the Pentagon 9/11 memorial. There are always many possible take-aways from an experience, and we certainly had a variety of them today, but one reality I find throughout this city is that of risk. In particular, how we civilians represent a risk, an unknown, a variable.

I don't know how I feel about that. I understand it as a principle, but it has some unfortunate aspects.

We were part of the very fortunate 10% of applicants to be accepted for a White House tour. That was skin-busting exciting to be let into the house! The kids were enamored with the idea and it was indeed a special experience. They were suprised, however, that White House tour meant "most of one level of the East Wing". It is crazy to think that, long ago, you could have tossed an egg or a rose at the front door and hit it.

We made our way to the Newseum -- a museum devoted to journalism -- which is still a very REAL and important profession. IMO, the ease with which we blow our nose at journalism is due, in part, to the regularity and immunity with which we are accustomed to speaking, freely, and, in part, because of the long-standing American tradition of using and attacking journalism, freely, to express, vent, defame, and connive in the interest of advancing our programs and paradigms. I love the Newseum, and two parts of it which always strike me are two walls: the section of the Berlin Wall, with its graffittied West Berlin side, and it's stark, unapproachable East German side; the other is the wall of photos of journalists who have been killed in recent decades, trying to bring news to light.

The Pentagon memorial is a quiet-spirited oasis in the noise of the area. It is simple and somber. It is built as a place to sit and reflect. It was particularly touching today to make the connection of the Falkenberg family, who have four benches there, each of them with the names of the other three family members buried in the water at their base. They were preparing to head off to Australia where the mother would be a visiting professor. The girls were 3 and 8.

Sometimes our own views put us at risk, and sometimes other people's views put us at risk. I don't know how I feel about that. I understand it as a principle, but it can manifest sometimes as an irritant, sometimes as devastation, and sometimes as opportunity.

And how strange to be, because of this reality, an unknown.


Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 27, 2017

Another damp, liquid sunshine day, but hey, this will make the woods much safer! Anyhow, it's also foggy again! Right now I'm showing 46°, feels like 43°, wind is at 6 mph from the ESE, humidity is at 96%, pressure is falling from 29.19 inches, and visibility is 1.8 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then rain showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 60s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers in the evening, then a slight chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through Late Tonight Today: Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming southwest 10 to 20 with gusts to around 30 knots in the afternoon. Chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms early in the morning. Rain showers likely in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less, building to 3 to 5 feet in the afternoon. Tonight: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

On this date of April 27, 1987 - The U.S. Justice Department barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the U.S. He claimed that he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.

Did you know that the world's most expensive spice is saffron? From farsinet:

"Saffron, botanical name crocus sativus, is the most expensive spice in the world. Derived from the dried stigmas of the purple saffron crocus, it takes anything from 70,000 to 250,000 flowers to make one pound of saffron. Moreover, the flowers have to be individually hand-picked in the autumn when fully open. Fortunately, only a little needs to be added to a dish to lend it colour and aroma; too much makes the food bitter and as the quotation from Culpeper (below) suggests, large quantities of it can be toxic.

Records detailing the use of saffron go back to ancient Egypt and Rome where it was used as a dye, in perfumes, and as a drug, as well as for culinary purposes. It reached China in the 7th century and spread through Europe in the Middle Ages. The town of Saffron Walden, where it was once grown commercially, takes its name from the plant. Now, however, most saffron is imported from Iran (southern Khorason) and Spain which are recognised as producing the best quality, but it can also be found in Egypt, Kashmir, Morocco and Turkey.

Saffron has an aroma and flavor which cannot be duplicated, and a chemical make-up which, when understood, helps the chef or home cook to know how to best release that flavor and aroma in cooking and baking. Saffron is sold in two forms, powder and threads, and each behave very differently in the kitchen.

In order to understand commercial saffron, it is important to understand the make-up of the saffron plant. More importantly, it is the easiest way for you, as a consumer, to be sure you are buying good saffron. Commercial saffron comes from the bright red stigmas of the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) which flowers in the Fall in many different countries, including Greece, India, Iran and Spain. The Crocus sativus stigmas are the female part of the flower. In a good year, each saffron crocus plant might produce several flowers. Each flower contains three stigmas, which are the only part of the saffron crocus that when dried (cured) properly, become commercial saffron. Each red stigma is like a little capsule that encloses the complex chemicals that make up saffron's aroma, flavor, and yellow dye. In order to release these chemicals, you must steep the threads. Powdered saffron is more efficient because it does not need to be steeped.

Word of the day: frieze (freez) which means 1. A decorative horizontal band, as on a building. 2. A coarse woolen fabric. For 1: After Phrygia, an ancient country in Asia Minor, noted for embroidery. Earliest documented use: 1563. For 2: From French frise, perhaps from Latin frisia (Frisian wool). Earliest documented use: 1418.

Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter for 2016

Bingo Starts Tonight

Bingo fans, the games will start on Wednesday the 26th of April at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6.15p.m. Games start at 7p.m. Caller on the 26th will be Bob Bass.

From May 10th, games will be every two weeks until August 2nd, when they will be weekly for that month. From September 13th, every two weeks until closing game on November 8th.

Mark your calendars and come out and enjoy a fun evening.


Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 26, 2017

Home again, and rather disappointed that the doctor had no conception of Beaver Island or the time, and trouble, it takes to make a trip to the mainland (even after we explained it). So, what happened yesterday, could probably be done via a phone call. Now we have to go back again for some breathing tests and a biopsy. There is definitely a mass there, and we'd like it gone. So, now we wait until they call us with the appointment date and time.

Meanwhile, the weather still happens. Right now it's overcast, lightly raining (so far about 1/4 inch), 42°, feels like 35°, wind is at 13 mph from the east with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is at 94%, pressure is falling from 29.47 inches, and visibility is 2.7 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain showers in the morning then a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 50s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through This Evening Today: Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers early in the morning, then slight chance of showers in the morning, and a chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 3 feet in the morning. Tonight; Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Rain showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of April 26, 1931 - New York Yankee Lou Gehrig hit a home run but was called out for passing a runner. From wgmd Fox Sports:

On this day in 1931, New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig homered. Only thing was, even though the ball went over the fence and time was not called, he still did not get that home run.

The 1931 season was one of the best in New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig’s career. He posted an excellent .341/.446/.662 batting line, and led the American League in runs, hits, homers, and RBI. His 185 RBI are not only the most in the history of the AL, but also the most by any left handed hitter in a single season.

Yet, as impressive as his performance in 1931 had been, his numbers could have been even better. It was on this day that Gehrig hit a home run that did not count, even though nothing had interfered with the action on the field.

The scenario began innocently enough. The Yankees were facing the Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium, with Firpo Marberry, one of the first great relievers in the game, getting the rare start. With one out in the top of the first, New York shortstop Lyn Lary drew a walk, and after Dusty Cooke struck out, Gehrig came to bat.

Gehrig, as he was wont to do, crushed Marberry’s offering, sending it to deep center for what seemed to be a two run homer. In fact, he hit the ball so hard, that it hit a wall and bounced back to center fielder Harry Rice.

That was where everything went awry. Lary saw Rice with the ball, and assumed that he caught Gehrig’s impressive drive. As such, he headed back to the dugout, thinking that it was the third out of the inning, without touching home. Gehrig, meanwhile, was running with his head down, and did not see Lary leave the field. He touched home, thinking he had another homer, but was ruled out for passing Lary on the basepaths.

As such, Gehrig was given credit for a triple, and lost his home run and two RBI. He still led the league in runs batted in, but that homer left him in a tie with Babe Ruth instead of winning the crown outright.

Did you know that Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is the fear of long words? It is probably taken from the root word sesquipedalian, which is actually more correct. How funny that the name of the fear of long words is 35 letters long.

Word of the day: perfidious (per-FID-ee-uh s) which means deliberately faithless; treacherous; deceitful. Perfidious has an unexceptional history in English except for one curious phrase. The English adjective has always meant much the same as the Latin perfidiōsus “faithless, dishonest.” The unusual phrase is perfidious Albion or its French equivalent Albion perfide. (Albiōn is a Latin name for the island or nation of England). Perfidious entered English in the 16th century; perfidious Albion and Albion perfide in the 19th century (Albion perfide has been in French since the late 18th century).

These Days

by Cindy Ricksgers

BICS Students--Day 2 in D.C.

View pictures HERE

by Adam Richards


(First, as a sidenote: If you have been swiping through the images here, you've probably noticed there aren't that many of the things we've seen and places we've gone. We've taken them for sure! In these posts, I am more focused on the students being in the photos!)

[Also, I have not attached explanations of coolness to images where it may be deserved (like standing on the balcony by Paul Ryan's office, overlooking the balcony where presidential inaugurations are held, or standing around the dead center of D.C., where Washington was initially going to be interred). I'll leave it up to you, should you be interested, to ask one of the middlers for more detail.]

"How do you know that artifacts and monuments are what they are said to be?"

"Because we have evidence."
"We have a record."
"But we still have to trust that they are what we are told."

These middlers have trekked through a second rich and challenging day. The essence of our conversation above is part of my record that they are, while taking in the sites, developing valuable conclusions about the monuments and artifacts all around them.

We started our day with a quick Starbucks run before going on a tour of the Capitol building. Representative Bergman's office secured both a Capitol and a White House tour for us (the later coming Wednesday). The students were enamored with the beauty and memory in the Capitol. They had loads of questions for the aide who gave us the tour. Thank you Matthias!

Then, after lunch, to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. The two are hardly readable anymore. That adds a sense of urgency (for me, in some way) to the significance of the moment.

And we wrapped up with a trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. One could spend an entire day there. Easily.

In all of this -- from "Apotheosis of Washington" or John Hancock's most visible contribution to the Declaration, to crazy trilobites found in Morocco and a Neolithic Adam Richards -- we have gathered cords of memory and experience. We can answer, "What do we know and how do we know it?" Or, "What do we believe and why do we believe it?"

The students, while observing these cords of memory, are really doing more. They are participating.

At the least, they are joining the ranks of those who have seen firsthand. Who've done some comparing, some leaning over, squinting, asked questions, and made conjectures in the midst of.

And while an image is an image, in a day where images are crafted into more exciting versions of things than our own brains produce for us, there is something really important about being there, seeing the actual thing, first hand, without page or screen between.

But in the end, even with all the records, one still has to make a decision to believe.

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 25, 2017

First step today - off to see the pulmonary specialist in Petoskey. Weather permitting we'll be on the 4:30 home. Partly cloudy this morning, 42°, feels like 36°, wind is at 10 mph from the ESE with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is at 81%, pressure is steady at 29.67 inches, and visibility is 9.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A 50% chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows around 50°. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through This Afternoon Today: Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of April 25, 1928 - A seeing eye dog was used for the first time. I thought the history of these dogs was so interesting. From Wikipedia:

"The history of The Seeing Eye began in Europe in the 1920s with a woman named Dorothy Harrison Eustis who moved to Vevey, Switzerland, from the United States to set up a breeding and training facility for German shepherds. Eustis bred and trained police dogs to be intelligent, strong, and responsible. Jack Humphrey was an American trainer and geneticist who helped Eustis train and develop their own scientific approach to breeding and training.

During World War I, many German soldiers were blinded or visually impaired due to the war, so several schools in German began experimenting with guide dogs that were taught specific skills. Eustis learned about these schools and was so impressed by it, she wrote an article for The Saturday Evening Post. The article, “The Seeing Eye,” was published on November 5, 1927, and Eustis began receiving countless letters from people who were blind, asking her to train a guide dog for them.

Her article was read to Morris Frank, a 20-year-old blind man from Nashville, Tennessee. Frank, who had been blinded in two separate accidents, believed a guide dog would help him regain his independence. Eustis received his letter and although she did not train dogs for the blind, she decided to help Frank because his letter was unique: Frank stated that he intended to use the trained dog to spread awareness for the cause and eventually establish a school to help people through the training of guide dogs in the United States. Eustis and Humphrey began to research and modify their own training in which they trained several German shepherds to guide humans. In April 1928, Frank met his first ever Seeing Eye dog named Kiss. He changed her name to Buddy and named all his future Seeing Eye dogs (he had six in total) Buddy. The name is now retired by The Seeing Eye. Frank and Buddy had to go through a six-week training that not only created a strong bond, but also taught them to work as a team to navigate busy streets, dangerous obstacles, stairways, crowded shops, and anything that was a danger for Frank. On January 29, 1929, Eustis and Frank established The Seeing Eye in Frank’s hometown of Nashville. At first, the American culture was apprehensive about the idea of a dog guiding the blind and joining people in public places.

The Seeing Eye ran into many obstacles at first for the organization had no funding, needed special trainers, as well as special dogs. In addition, people were not open to the idea of allowing dogs into public places. The Seeing Eye confronted these obstacles head-on. Morris Frank and Buddy traveled the U.S. acting as ambassadors for the cause. They opened doors to access for people with disabilities and service dogs. They influenced the eventual passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act which grants full public access to people with service dogs. The first class was held in February 1929, and after several successful graduates were able to demonstrate the usefulness of a guide dog, people started to accept the idea. The Seeing Eye decided to move to Whippany, New Jersey, due to the hot temperatures of Nashville.

Since 1929, more than 16,000 partnerships have been created between Seeing Eye dogs and people who are blind and visually impaired from the United States and Canada. The Seeing Eye is a non-profit organization and is funded through private donations. It was the first guide dog school outside of Europe, and is the oldest existing guide dog school in the world. In 2014, The Seeing Eye celebrated its 85th anniversary."

Did you know that Tokyo, the U.S. East Coast, the major cities of the U. K. and Ireland, the Loop in Chicago, and the brightly-lit docks of Long Beach, CA are among the bright spots on Earth if you were looking down from the International Space Station?. But NASA awards the dubious distinction of the Brightest Spot on Earth to the Las Vegas Strip.

Word of the day: dalmatic (dal-MAT-ik) which means a loose, wide-sleeved outer garment worn by some monarchs at their coronations and by deacons, bishops, etc. in some churches. From Old French dalmatique, from Latin dalmatica vestis (Dalmatian garment) since these garments were originally made of Dalmatian wool. Dalmatia is a region along the Adriatic coast of Croatia. That’s also where Dalmatian dogs got their name from. Earliest documented use: 1425.

St. James Township Special Meeting

(Posted at 9:30 pm, 4/24/17)

April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

View a small gallery of pictures of the meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

BICS Students in D. C.

by Adam Richards


We took so (i.e. sooooooooooo) many steps today. It started with what will become our standard .7 mile jaunt at the bookends of the day -- to Clarendon Metro station. The subway was new, exciting, and an opportunity to hear Mr. Richards get real serious when his rules of clustering together were not adhered to.

Off the Silver line at the Smithsonian stop to step into the city, excited for the prospects of the day.

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History have us our start in walking the paths of memory. Up to the third floor and down one level at a time as we slpwly gobbled the exhibits. We saw, among so many other things, Benjamin Franklin's walking stick, Muhammed Ali's gloves and caught Dorothy's red slippers on their last day of display. The students paid a lot of attention to what they saw because they had a lot to tell me tonight when we debriefed back at the house -- when they engaged the question I told them this morning they'd need to answer: Why do we hang on to stuff in museums?

"We want to remember who we are, where we came from." They got it.

And then the long, sacred march along the monument path. Washington, WWII, Lincoln, Vietnam, Vietnam Women's, Korea, MLK, FDR and Jefferson.

Hustling to the Metro to get near Chinatown, a Japanese dinner, and home 13 hours after we left. 13 hours and 9 miles, measured properly.

These young people experienced many firsts today. One step at a time.

Here are some pictures posted by Adam Richards for the kids visiting things in D.C.

View pictures HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 24, 2017

Partly cloudy skies this morning, 34°, feels like 27°, wind is at 10 mph from the east, humidity is at 82%, pressure is steady at 29.95 inches, and visibility is 9.5 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph increasing to 40 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph decreasing to 25 mph after midnight. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through Tuesday Morning. Today: East wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Rising to 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots in the afternoon. Partly sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 4 feet in the morning. Tonight: Southeast wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of April 24, 1800 - The Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation. From historyhit.com:

A bill signed by President John Adams transferring the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital of Washington also mentioned the creation of a reference library for use by Congress. The library was established using a fund of $5,000.

In August 1814 the original library was destroyed by invading British troops who set fire to the Capitol Building where it was housed. Retired President Thomas Jefferson, who had amassed a vast collection of books over his lifetime, offered his personal collection as a replacement. Congress paid $23,950 for the 6,487 books, which formed the foundation of today’s library.

Today the Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 162 million items made up of 38 million books and other print materials as well as photographs, recordings, maps, sheet music and manuscripts. About 12,000 new items are added to the collection daily. The collection includes material in 470 different languages.

Among its most precious items, the library includes the first known book printed in North America, “The Bay Psalm Book” (1640) and the 1507 world map by Martin Waldseemüller, known as ‘America’s Birth Certificate’, the first document on which the name America appears.

Did you know that an office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet? From a Chicago Tribune article printed 2011-09-05 comes this:

The last time you wiped down your desk and shook crumbs from your keyboard was — yep, a year ago, when you knocked over a latte while munching a turkey croissant sandwich. Or was it after crunching through that bag of Cheetos? That's not good news if you're one of the 83 percent of Americans who eat at their desks, according to a recent survey.

Whether you're eating lunch (62 percent), snacking (50 percent), eating breakfast (27 percent) or dinner (4 percent), desks and all the surfaces (keyboard, mouse, phone) can get pretty funky (translation: germy).

That's not a good thing if you're aiming to stay healthy. Don't believe it? That survey, dubbed the Desktop Dining Survey, found only 36 percent of respondents cleaned their work areas (desktop, keyboard, mouse) weekly. Worse than that? Just 64 percent do so once a month or less. And should you be invited to dine at another's cubicle, note this: 45 percent of men rarely or never clean their work area compared to 30 percent of women.

"For many people, multitasking through lunch is part of the average workday," said Toby Smithson, an American Dietetic Association spokesperson and registered dietitian, in a release on the survey. "While shorter lunch hours may result in getting more accomplished, they could also be causing workers to log additional sick days, as desktops hide bacteria that can lead to foodborne illness."

Wait, wait. Don't turn away. Here's the really scary part: At the University of Arizona, a 2007 study found that the average desktop has 100 times more bacteria than a kitchen table and 400 times more than the average toilet seat.

"Desks are really bacteria cafeterias," said Charles Gerba, a microbiologist who's studied dirty desks, in a UA press release several years ago. "They're breakfast buffets, lunch tables and snack bars, as we spend more and more hours at the office."

"Treat your desktop like you would your kitchen table and counters at home," says Smithson. "Clean all surfaces, whether at home or work, before you prepare or eat food on them."

And wash your hands! The Desktop Dining Survey found only half of Americans say they always wash their hands before eating lunch.

"The key to preventing foodborne illness is food handling from start to finish," Smithson e-mailed Lunch Box. Keep things clean (your hands, eating surfaces, the food), watch the time ("Do not keep foods less than 2 hours outside of proper temperature"), and make sure foods are either kept below 40 degrees fahrenheit and heated above 140 degrees fahrenheit.

A few more survey nuggets:

Most workplaces have a refrigerator and microwave available to employees. Some 67 percent say they store their lunch in the refrigerator. Still:

•One in five people say they don't know if it ever (or never) gets cleaned.

•49 percent let perishable food sit out for 3-plus hours. Who cares? It can begin to spoil.

The Desktop Dining Survey was conducted in April 2011 by HealthFocus International and based on a random sample of 2,191 full-time employees who work at a desk. It's the second time the survey was conducted as part of the Home Food Safety program, a collaboration betwee the American Dietetic Association and ConAgra Foods; the previous survey was conducted in 2003.

Aren't you glad you asked?? ;)

Word of the day: sybaritic (sib-uh-RIT-ik) which means devoted to or relating to luxury and pleasure. After Sybaris, an ancient Greek city in southern Italy noted for its wealth, whose residents were notorious for their love of luxury. Earliest documented use: 1619.

Mass from Holy Cross

April 23, 2017

With our school kids off the island at several events, that takes some of our adults out of the community as well. Kids are in Washington, D.C., some were on Mackinac Island for a retreat, and some were just not present today. There were some returning "snowbirds" as Father Mathew described them. There were six viewers of the Mass on beaverisland.tv for the live stream of the Mass. Deacon Jim Siler was on Mackinac Island for the retreat as well.

Ann Partridge was the lector, Father Mathew read the Gospel, and Father Mathew gave the sermon.

Ann Partridge read the prayers of the faithful....Sophie was server and helped Father Mathew

View video of the service HERE

Beaver Island Women’s Golf Invitational Tournament

Fun tournament play for 9 holes of golf at the
Beaver Island Golf Course!

Experienced and inexperienced woman golfers are welcome.
Invite an Island friend who hasn’t played golf in a while
or invite an off Island guest!
Invite, invite, and sign up.

*Registration Fee - $10.00 per person
Golf round and/or golf carts paid separately to
Beaver Island Golf Course.

Team set-up options:

June 27th, 2017 – Tuesday Morning
Rain or Shine
Check-in time 9:30 am. Meet, greet and treats.
Shot gun start at 10:00 am

Luncheon, awards and prizes after play.

Register early with Janice Freeman (deadline June 20th)
Cell: 248-953-3122
BI phone: 448-2096 (after June 5th)
Email: freemanbilljan@cs.com
Mail checks to: Janice Freeman
PO Box 293
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Wear green festive stuff if you wish!

*(Please no refunds - if a rain out - the registration fee will be donated to Food Pantry)

(A printable PDF)

High Hopes

by Cindy Ricksgers

Woodpeckers at the Feeders

April 22, 2017

Ride Around the Island

April 22, 2017

Some of us were tired of sitting inside on such an absolutely beautiful day. It was sunny and warm, and it was decided to take a ride. First to Whiskey Point, back through town, and then out to Barney's Lake, and a quick check on the ospreys. Then a trip down the west side of the island and then all the way around.

Iron Ore Creek

View some video clips taken on the ride HERE

New Waterfall and Bay

Joyce Bartels' Memorial Solar Project Dedication

View a TV News story about this project HERE

Haslett Community Church

All are welcome to attend the 11:15 a.m. dedication of the Joyce Bartels Memorial Solar Project. Refreshments will be served. The church's Green Team will be available to answer questions about how to begin the process of "going solar." The church is 0.4 mile east of the intersection of Marsh Road and Haslett Road.


Sunday, 4/23/2017
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Haslett Community Church
1427 Haslett Road, Haslett

Joyce Bartels was the volunteer coordinator for the Beaver Island Historical Society for many years and a summer resident on Beaver Island. This was found as a facebook article, and BINN thought that the island families might be interested in knowing about this project.

From the church's website:

Joyce Bartels Memorial Solar Project

Over the past several years our church's Current Events group hosted a series of presentations on environmental concerns, especially regarding climate change, and on how, as Christians, we might best respond to them. Convinced that one excellent way to do so is through the use of renewable energy, our Team started reaching out to people who had come to those presentations to see if they might be interested in financially supporting a solar energy project for our church- support they could give without in any way diminishing the financial support they otherwise would give to our church's ministry.

That effort, which has reached out as well to folks beyond HCC, has succeeded in gathering pledges that total over 87% of the $59,400 needed to put an array of solar panels on the south roof of our sanctuary. The array is designed to generate about two-thirds of the energy we use annually and to save us an estimated $3000 a year in our energy costs. At its February meeting, our Church Council gave the final go-ahead to this project which we're calling the Joyce Bartels Memorial Solar Project in honor of HCC's first and foremost environmental leader.

We now invite any and all members and friends of HCC who'd like to help fund the rest of the project to do so, again with the provision that any gift you might give will not diminish the financial support you otherwise would plan to give to our ministry. Happily, at this point we're only a few hundred dollars short of our goal!

The technical challenges of the installation have been worked out, the panels have arrived and, weather permitting, the array will be installed within the next week. We will have a Service of Blessing and Dedication of the project this coming Sunday April 23rd, the Second Sunday of Easter and the day after Earth Day. All are invited to attend.

Hearing for Re-Zoning

Peaine Township April Meeting Minutes

BICS Weekly Update



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

The Chamber of Commerce of Beaver Island has posted this, and BINN found it on facebook. It's a very nice video, viewable on YouTube.

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

October 27, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

December 29, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

February 23, 2017

View Video of this meeting HERE

March 30, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

January 11, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

February 8, 2017

View video of this meeting HERE

March 8, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Peaine Annual Meetings

View video of the meeting HERE

April 12, 2017


St. James Township Meeting Video

January 4, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

March 8, 2017

View video of March 8th meeting HERE

April 5, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Effective Tuesday, 9/8/15
CLOSED Labor Day, 9/7 Happy Holiday!!
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Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

You will need Quicktime or another music player to enjoy this link.

The music played in the Holy Cross Hall in the late 70's and early 80's, recorded for posterity and shared here.

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

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Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010

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Checking on Wildlife

Gull Harbor Eagles

View a small gallery of pictures of eagles HERE

Barney's Beavers

View a small gallery of pictures of Barney's Beavers HERE

Sloptown Ospreys

View a small gallery of pictures of Sloptown Ospreys

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Minutes and Agenda

Minutes for March meeting.........Agenda for April 27, 2017, 2 p.m. meeting

(Received on 4/21/17 at 12 p.m.)

Windy, Windy Day

Winds coming out of the East seem to be much stronger and produce more storms than other directions. Yesterday, April 20, 2017, was not an exception. The temeprature and dewpoint didn't help the island yesterday either with the fog that moved in during the afternoon. This put a halt to the flying ability of the island air services, so some items didn't get to the island as expected.


Coming to the BIC Center

PABI Road Rally, May 7, 2017, Meet at Shamrock at 12:30 p.m.

COA Sunday Dinner and Serenade of Strings, May 7, 2017

Drinking Habits 2, May 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m.; May 28, 2017, 8 p.m.

BICS Sports Awards

All pictures and video by Cheryl Phillips

Beaver Island News on the 'Net has been very pleased to live stream all of your home games, except one, this year. Congratulations to all of the Beaver Island athletes in basketball, soccer, and volleyball. It's truly a pleasure to be part of your sports programs and to provide the people who want to watch the games, the opportunity to watch the games. Perhaps, BINN will be able to get some of the off-Island games live streamed back to the isalnd in the future.

Special congratulations to Katie LaFreniere for her special Sportsmanship Award, given in memory of Bill Burns! All of those nominated are excellent in sportmasshp, but great job, Katie.

Nominees; Forest Avery, Sky Marsh, Simeon Richards; and Katie Lafreniere receiving the Bill Burns Sportmaship Award from Mike Myers

View a large gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the award ceremony HERE

A list of the awards given is HERE

Island Fellow Update

Beaver Island has an exceptional opportunity to launch its own Island Fellow program modeled on a highly successful one on Maine's islands over the past 17 years. In response to goals identified at numerous community meetings over the past two years, our Island Fellow would focus on communications  to advance economic development and public safety through a multi-media communication position reaching not only visitors and residents, but also the mainland. A concerted and engaging communication's effort key to celebrating our past and moving Beaver Island forward.  Whether sharing stories that portray our island as a wonderful place to visit, retire, or raise a family; promoting the wealth of recreational and cultural activities the archipelago has to offer; or conveying important information pertaining to public safety or responsible use of our recreational resources, an energized and highly-qualified Island Fellow will be the integral to improving community communications on the island and beyond.

More than half of the total cost to have an Island Fellow for a year is being covered by the State of Michigan, and an additional $10,000 has been raised in the community from various forward-thinking island organizations and businesses. Beaver Island has until May 1st to secure the balance required to insert an Island Fellow for a year into our community.

Can we secure the remaining $10,000 before May 1st so that Beaver Island can reap the benefits of the Island Fellows program as so many Maine islands have done for years? We believe we can, and with your help we will. A substantial portion of this amount could be covered with an in-kind contribution of simple housing for the Island Fellow for a year (a one room apartment or the equivalent). 

If you are interested in additional information about the position and the benefits the island stands to gain, check out the March 29th Forum post or contact one of the organizers of this effort listed below. Anyone who wants to help fund this position through either a cash donation, or the offer of free or reduced-price rental for a year are encouraged to ask for a copy of the Site Application which has been shared with both townships by contacting Kevin Boyle, Pam Grassmick, or Patrick McGinnity.

You can learn more about the very successful Island Fellow program run by the Maine Island Institute and see how useful Island Fellows focused on communications and outreach have been in advancing economic development on their islands at http://www.islandinstitute.org/program/community-development/island-fellows.

And to find out more about the Island Institute visit http://www.islandinstitute.org.  

Birds to See in Springtime

A few samples.....Seen on a ride mid-afternoon on Wednesday, April 19, 2017


In eagle tree, a younger one...in the pond under the tree....Is that lunch??

Same eagle tree, different mature eagle

Barney's Lake loon with a heron visiting the lake

Osprey in the osprey tree on Sloptown

Deer in Fogg's front yard on the hill above Barney's Lake

Sandhill flying over the area

St. James Township Documents for March 2017

Regular Meeting Minutes..Closeout of Sewer Funding...BIAC Resolution


BITA Meeting

Spring Serenade

The Spring Serenade will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 11:15 am , at the Beaver Island Community Center.

Harold E. Kruse Celebration of Life Service

A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Harold E. Kruse on May 27, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Central Lake, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you live your life a Harold lived his. Let the love Jesus Christ shine through you every day.

Roy Elsworth Memorial

Roy Elsworth Memorial will be on Saturday, May 27, 2017, from noon to 4:00pm at the Circle M. All are welcome to join us in a luncheon and celebrating his amazing life, share stories & memories.
From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank each and every one of you all, for your condolences, prayers, love and especially for the outpouring of support & help.
Shari Wojciehowski, Duane & Roger Elsworth

New Chamber Event in May 2017

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


Holy Cross Bulletin for

April 2017

Christian Church Bulletin

April 30, 2017

April 23 2017

BICS School Calendar 2016-17

BICS Events Calendar 2017

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

BI Airport Commission Meeting Schedule

Bank Hours Change

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November thru December
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Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

Talking Threads Quilt Guild invites all quilters, sewers, knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, and any other crafters to Peaine Township Hall on Wednesdays from 9:30 until noon. � Bring your projects, supplies, and enthusiasm. � Call Darlene at 448-2087 if you have questions , or just stop in on Wednesday.

Island Treasures Resale Shop

We will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from noon until 4:00. During those hours we will gladly accept your "gently used, barely used, like new " items. Please be sure that your donations be in season, clean, and in good repair. Thank you for your support !

Open for shopping and donations

If you need help with your donation, call the shop at 448-2534

or Donna at 448-2797.


Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

Donate to the Live Streaming Project


The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv

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